The men’s track team participated Saturday in the Central Methodist Invitational in Fayette, Missouri. There were 11 teams competing, along with a number of unattached athletes, and the Bobcats finished 5th of the 11 teams. Conditions for the day featured a starting temperature of 24 degrees, which only reached a high of 36 during the competition.
Bobcat sophomore Kyle Kapella, who hails from Hollister, Mo., collected the first gold medal for the Cats since the College reinstated the track and field program in 2016-17 following a 20+ year hiatus. Kapella’s gold came in the high jump against seven competitors, where he posted a jump of 6’4.75”.
Other highlights for the day included:
Miles Mrowiec placing 4th of 24 in the javelin, throwing 48.38 meters (158’ 5”) to qualify for NCCAA Nationals competition;
Sam Scaggs placing 4th of 22 runners in the 400 meters with a time of 51.62;
Kapella, Scaggs, Ty Durnell and Mrowiec taking 4th in the 4x400 relay, just 10.17 seconds behind the first-place team, with a time of 3:35.32;
Preston Burgess finishing 5th with a time of 16:52.73 in the 5000 meters and 6th in the 3000 steeplechase with a time of 10:16.65;
Ryan Vance finishing 6th in the long lump (19’11”).
Full results of the meet are available here.
“I am very pleased with the team’s performance this week,” stated head coach Kenzie Larkin. “We are improving every week, and it was great to compete against other NAIA teams in this meet to get a feel for where we stand.”
The team will head to William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri this coming weekend.